Truce

Truce

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw

Calm, the lass whose feathered pillows
cradle round her sleeping head,
with her teddy tucked beside her
anchored in her peaceful bed.

In her lilac painted haven,
drapes of purple neatly drawn,
sequinned satin, scattered cushions,
velvet throws to keep her warm.

Soft the lamplight on long lashes,
not a trace of daytime clashes
nor the sudden temper flashes,
whipped into a frenzied storm.

© 2018 Christine Anne Shaw


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Angels when asleep, demons when awake, but would you have it any other way? Erm, yeah, most likely :)
Remember when they were seen and not heard? Tell a kid that today and you would be as well trying to explain the subtle differences between vhs and betamax :)
I just realised why I am thinking what I am now thinking "i havent seen the gremlins movie in ages" :)

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Lorry

6 Months Ago

Yep. I never spoke much until I was mid teens, then I joined the army cadets and it was the best tim.. read more
Lorry

6 Months Ago

Shut me off... Freudian s**t, I mean slit, I mean mother :)
Christine Anne Shaw

6 Months Ago

Funny man :))



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speaking in this poetry about finding the voice. no greater voice then poetry and this poem just backs what I am saying up.

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

Thanks duck for your comments. All the best.

Chris
duck

5 Months Ago

my pleasure.
Such a lovely piece poem here..purple has always been
My fave color..love the images tucked into this beautiful piece

Nice Work..Happy New Year Christine

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

Thank you so much Fran Marie. Pleased you enjoyed the read. All good wishes.

Chris
Sounds like a wonderful place that purple painted heaven. Always tuff to be a teenager though.

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

Thank you Frederika. Tough being a teenager also tough being younger still. Everyone needs little h.. read more
I love the imagery here. Esp that of the 'lilac painted haven', purple being my favourite colour :D
Made me think of my niece when she sleeps. Lovely write, this one. :)

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

Thank you Dr Y. Purple and hues thereof are also favourites of mine. Nothing like children sleeping .. read more
You captured the paradox that is a toddler. When conscious, they are gangsters and thugs. When sleeping, no angel could compete with their beauty and purity.

How is such a thing possible? Are toddlers bi-polar and most grow out of it? You 've set into motion a train of thought that this waaaay post menopausal middle aged pasty old white lady would not have imagined possible.

And that, Miss Chris, is what good writing does.

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

Love your witty response. The behaviour of some certainly matches your words. You have a sense of hu.. read more
As soft as a lullaby....as sweet too. Chris, this is just lovely! I pictured my granddaughters asleep in their beds as I read. They, too, love all shades of purple and their rooms are lilac havens....sparkled with sequins. I had to smile while reading this. Great rhyming. Happy New Year to you. Lydi**

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

Happy New Year Lydi**. This was written sometime ago, about Beth our granddaughter whom we have brou.. read more
The first two verses of this offering sound like a description of a Norman Rockwell painting. We see a word picture of a young girl or woman sleeping in a perfect bedroom setting, complete with teddy bear and purple drapes. It is not until the last three lines of the poem that we learn suddenly that the picture is not perfect, that its other side shows someone who may be mentally ill. As a retired mental health worker I see signs of a mood disorder, possibly bipolar disorder. Of course, it could be she is just passing through a phase, but I have a feeling the poet is hinting at something more serious than that. A very interesting portrait of contrasts here.

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

Hello John. Lucky for us it was a passing phase, but at the time this was written which was quite so.. read more
Ahhh yes, I know this hard-earned quietude! They are such angels when they are sleeping- and often while they are awake (?). You paint a lyrical, Botticelli-esque masterpiece of a peacefully dreaming babe in perfect meter and rhyme here Chris. Your eloquent words tug at the heartstrings and bring us appreciative sighs and smiles. Perfect poem!- now all shhhhh....

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

Oh those typos Annette. Comes with fast typing. I suffer the same. Patience comes with age. Without .. read more
Annette Pisano-Higley

5 Months Ago

Misspelled privileged too! Ah me....
Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

Didn't notice :))
Peace all around- soft sighs gentle breathing all around- wonderful and beautiful purple coming through🌹

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

Thank you Kelly. Lovely peace and quiet after temper tantrums :)

Chris
Wonderful. I love how the title seems at odds with the peaceful nature of the first few stanzas, until the final stanza gives enough of a subtle nod at why it is a truce after all. I really enjoyed this, well done.

Posted 5 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

Many thanks Scott. I appreciate your visit and review. All good wishes.

Chris

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Christine Anne Shaw

Berkshire, United Kingdom



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So happy to be here at Writerscafe, have received such a lovely warm welcome. I am looking forward to reading lots of poetry and getting to know many of the talented poets here. Happy to review, but h.. more..

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